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Browse These Links To Find Out How Cardiac Solutions Can Help You Stay Healthy

Heart & Stethoscope

Taking care of your cardiovascular system is essential to maintaining your overall health and wellness. Check out these links for more information on EECP for chest pain, the importance of ongoing cardiac care, renal angiograms, and nuclear medicine.

  • Explore this link from HeartHealthyWomen.org for an overview on EECP procedures.
  • Visit this link from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to learn how enhanced external counterpulsation can be used to treat chest pain. 
  • This article from WebMD.com provides a basic overview on angina and heart disease.
  • How does a heart attack increase your risk for coronary artery disease? Check out this link from the American Heart Association to find out.  
  • It is important that all heart attack patients commit to ongoing cardiac care. Learn more about the potential complications associated with heart attacks with this link from MayoClinic.com.

Want to know more about the medical services Cardiac Solutions has to offer? Give Cardiac Solutions in Phoenix a call at (623) 876-8816 to get started. 



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St. Mary's Food Bank

We're very proud of our recent work with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance! Hunger is a very real issue, even here in the Phoenix area. If you would like to learn more about getting involved with this wonderful organization, visit them at www.firstfoodbank.org.



The Role of Nuclear Testing in Cardiac Care

Human heart glowing in chest

Nuclear medicine is a type of medical imaging that utilizes small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and treat disease. Common nuclear tests include exercise stress tests, chemical stress tests, cardiac viability studies, exercise treadmill stress test, and multi-acquisition gated scan (MUGA) procedures. While nuclear testing is often utilized to evaluate the liver, lungs, gallbladder, and thyroid gland, it has also been shown to be extremely effective in cardiac care:

Diagnosing Cardiac Conditions
Nuclear testing may be performed to diagnose a wide array of cardiac conditions. Common diseases or conditions identified through nuclear testing include coronary artery disease, right-sided heart failure, and valvular heart disease. Nuclear medicine can also identify and quantify shunts (patterns of blood flow that deviate from the normal circulatory system), blockages, chemotherapy cardiac toxicity, heart transplant rejection, and acute heart attacks.

Assessing Eligibility for Procedures
In addition to identifying potential problems and assessing your risk for certain cardiac conditions, nuclear medicine may also be utilized to assess your candidacy for treatment. For example, your heart doctor will typically order several nuclear tests before determining your eligibility for an angiogram or stent procedure.

Measuring Effectiveness of Treatment
In some cases, nuclear tests are performed in order to measure the effectiveness of a specific treatment method, typically bypass and therapy for heart failure. This makes nuclear testing even more important in cardiac care.

Whether you are interested in nuclear testing, an echocardiogram, a vascular ultrasound, or arrhythmia detection, the heart doctors and staff members with Cardiac Solutions in Phoenix are here to help. Give our heart center a call at (602) 714-9630 or visit us online to set up an initial consultation with one of our cardiologists. We provide a number of services in the Avondale, Sun City West, Glendale, and Peoria areas. 



A Closer Look at EECP for Chest Pain

Chest pain

Chest pain is a common problem among men and women alike and may be caused by a number of factors. If your chest pain is the result of insufficient blood flow or oxygen, enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy from your heart doctor may be right for you:

Uses
EECP is a non-surgical treatment for individuals with chronic chest pain. Also known as angina, chest pain often develops when the heart muscles are deprived of sufficient blood and oxygen, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood back through the arteries.

Candidates
Ideal candidates for EECP include those with chronic angina. Ideal candidates are not achieving pain relief with medications and are not eligible for an invasive treatment method such as a balloon angioplasty or bypass procedure. Individuals suffering from advanced heart failure, serious heart valve conditions, arrhythmias, uncontrolled hypertension, peripheral artery disease, or blood thinners may not be candidates for the procedure.

Procedure
During your EECP procedure, air cuffs will be placed on your calf, lower thigh, and upper thigh. You will be instructed to lie on a table while you are hooked up to an electrocardiogram monitor using adhesive patches attached to your chest. The ECG machine will measure the electrical activity of your heart while the cuffs inflate and deflate. As your heart relaxes in between heartbeats, the cuffs will inflate in rapid succession to propel blood back to the heart, ultimately enabling your heart muscles to receive oxygenated blood.

Benefits
Studies show that individuals who undergo EECP experience a reduction in the frequency and severity of chest pain attacks. They are also able to exercise for longer periods of time and reduce their dependence on angina medications. Additionally, EECP procedures do not require the need for any incisions, needle pricks, or anesthesia.

Find out if you are a candidate for EECP by contacting the cardiologists at Cardiac Solutions heart clinic. Our heart doctors offer EECP and other cardiology procedures in Phoenix. Call us at (623) 876-8816 to learn more today.


Angina Explained

Angina is a form of chest pain caused by a narrowing of the arteries that impedes blood flow to the heart and forces the heart to work harder. In this video, you can take a closer look at the causes and symptoms of angina.

Unlike a heart attack, individuals with angina experience a cramping or constricted feeling. Angina may be classified as stable if it generally occurs with exercise and stops quickly. It may be classified as unstable if it lasts longer and happens at rest or with very little exertion. 

The heart doctors with Cardiac Solutions in Phoenix provide a number of general cardiology and electrophysiology procedures. Give us a call at (623) 876-8816 to set up an appointment with our heart clinic. 

 


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